Pre-Optometry Pathway (39-43 Math/Science Credits)

The pre-requisites for optometry schools can vary.  Students should determine the specific requirements for the optometry schools they wish to apply to.  Most optometry schools require the following courses:

Other recommended and/or required courses:

Other requirements:

Shadowing an optometrist is expected.

The OAT (optometry admissions test) is required for applicants to optometry school, and includes a survey of general biology, chemistry, and organic chemistry, reading comprehension, physics, and quantitative reasoning.

GPA’s of students enrolled in optometry school range from 3.2-3.5. 

Pre-Optometry Pathway Sample Four Year Plan



Fall I

Spring I

WRT101 Composition I (FY)

Writing Intensive (WI)

MAT170 Calculus with Review or                   MAT181 Calculus I (QR)*

MAT171 Calculus I with Review OR                       MAT115 Biostatistics OR MAT120 Stats (QR)

BIO103 General Biology I (SI)

BIO104 General Biology II

CHE110 General Chemistry I (SI)

CHE111 General Chemistry II

Fall 2

Spring 2

COM162 Public Speaking (OC)

PSY100 Intro to Psychology

Foreign Language I (IC)

Foreign Language II (IC)

CHE210 Organic Chemistry I

CHE211 Organic Chemistry II

Major Course(IL)

Major Course

Gen Ed  (HW)

Gen Ed (CT)

Fall 3

Spring 3

Major Course

Major Course

Major Course

Major Course

BIO105 Anatomy & Physiology I

BIO106 Anatomy & Physiology II

PHY110 or PHY120 General Physics I

PHY111 or PHY121 General Physics II

SOC100 Intro to Sociology

BIO216 Microbiology

Fall 4

Spring 4

BIO421 Biochemistry Lecture

Gen Ed (CP)

Major Course


Major Course


Major Course

Major OR Free Elective

Major Course (W3 & CGE)

Free Elective OR MAT115 or MAT120 Statistics



*Students who did not take pre-calculus in high school are encouraged to take MAT133 Pre-calculus during the summer prior to the start of this program.

Taking multiple lab sciences in a semester can be very challenging. You may wish to reduce your course load and take some courses in the summer.  Speak with your advisor about this possibility.